Our own James 'Mig' Mackey came very close to winning his 2nd WSOP bracelet, but in the end he was eliminated by eventual runner-up Neil Channing in 3rd place. It all happened in Event 43: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em. Mig walked away with a very nice $286,000 payout. Henry Lu defeated Channing heads-up and claimed his first WSOP bracelet. He pocketed $654,380.
With 3 players remaining, Channing held three quarters of all the chips in play. Channing opened from the small blind and Mig shoved from the big blind. Channing snapped it off and Mig doubled up through him after hitting a set of Fives on the flop. On the very next hand though, Mig was eliminated in a dramatic way. It was a vs race and the made Mig the favorite to take the pot and put himself back into the game. The turn changed nothing, but a fell on the river and that meant Mig was out of the tournament. That hand would have brought him to 4 million and put him in 2nd in the chip count.
After Mig was eliminated, Lu and Channing played for three more hours. Channing had a 5 to 1 chip advange when the match started. Early in the match, Lu doubled-up, ace-queen vs ace-jack, and took some pressure off his shoulders. Lu saw his stack reduced to a small amount one more time, but managed to come back and put himself in position to win the tournament. Lu had to go all in twice, but he held the dominating hand on both occasions.
The final hand of the tournament was dealt when Lu flopped over 4-4 against Channing’s A-J suited, a typical coinflip scenario. Channing's help never came and Lu was crowned the champion. It's the second time Neil Channing finished in 2nd place in a WSOP event.
Congratulations on an amazing run, Mig!
1. Henry Lu - $654,380
2. Neil Channing - $406,409
3. James Mackey - $286,633
4. Tom Alner - $207,019
5. John Nelson - $151,338
6. Hovan Nguyen - $111,961
7. Botond Balázs - $83,802
8. Francois Dur - $63,459
9. Jared Rosenbaum - $48,614